Sunday, March 23, 2008

NHL rumors for March 23, 2008

The latest from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

The Toronto Maple Leafs could possibly buy out forward Darcy Tucker's contract in the summer if Tucker continues to not waive his no trade clause. Tucker has 3 years and $9 million left on his contract, but if the Leafs bought him out it would only be a $1 million cap hit for 6 years.

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Andre Roy, who returned to the team after being sent home to "think", are rumored to be targeted by the Ottawa Senators in the off-season.

The Senators are believed to be negotiating with impending UFA Wade Redden. Apparently, the San Jose Sharks offered him a 3 year, $16.5 million contract extension if he had agreed to waive his no trade clause to got to San Jose.

Garrioch speculates that Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak could get some offer sheets from around the league. Teams that could be in the mix include the Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers.

Garrioch continues that if the Boston Bruins miss the playoffs, they will surely trade Glen Murray. The unloading of Murray's contract could give the Bruins enough money to sign impending UFA Marian Hossa.

The Toronto Sun is reporting that the Detroit Red Wings are very happy with defenseman Brad Stuart and are negotiating a contract extension.

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that defenseman Chris Chelios will likely be back next season.

The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that coach John Tortorella said defenseman Paul Ranger is "untouchable" this offseason.

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